NCDF/ADF Choreographer: John Gamble
June 11, 2013 § 1 Comment
The NC Dance Festival (NCDF) and the American Dance Festival (ADF) will co-present a celebration of NC dance in two concerts on the ADF @ Duke main stage on June 19 at 7pm and 9pm. Selected by a panel of nationally recognized choreographers, four works were chosen from among the top performances on the NCDF tour in the past ten years. Follow along as we meet the choreographers of each dance!
Meet the Artist: John Gamble
As co-founder of the NCDF and Greensboro Fringe Festival, John Gamble’s artistry is deeply rooted in NC’s past, present, and future dance community. He has been dancing local in NC for 27 years!
John has been presenting his work in North Carolina since 1986. He joined the dance faculty at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 1985, and served as Department Head from 1985-1993; he is now professor emeritus. In 1991 John Gamble and Jan Van Dyke founded the North Carolina Dance Festival with the mission to present more opportunities for North Carolina dance artists and audiences. John also designed the Dance Theater at UNCG, the original home of the North Carolina Dance Festival. His company, John Gamble Dance Theater (JGDT), has presented work in NCDF since the Festival’s premiere.
JGDT produces evening length dances/plays that often address political and social issues. His piece “Changeant d’Habit de Sexe,” that will present in the NCDF/ADF performance, does just this and more. The title of the work is French for transvestite. This dance explores the erotic overtones suggested by cross-dressing. The music is by Belgian cabaret singer Jacques Brel who was very popular in France in the late 1960’s. This piece toured with the NCDF in the 2008-2009 season.
We asked John what was most exciting about the upcoming NCDF/ADF performance, he told us, “I am primarily looking forward to the opportunity to present work in Reynolds Industries Theater again and to have a young and educated audience…the NC dance scene is very alive and thriving. There are a wealth of good performers who are eager to work hard to realize quality dance and many young choreographers exploring a variety of aesthetic points of departure.”
“I am currently working on a new piece that is inspired by the sensibilities of Butoh,” John tells us. “The working title is Bones of the Earth and it is based on Greek myth. The working narrative for this piece is a mythic journey…[consisting] of archetypal figures that represent different aspects of human culture, particularly women in that culture,” John explains.
With his company JGDT, he continues to make and present work at UNCG. He also presents work annually at the Greensboro Fringe Festival and tours with NCDF about every other year. His piece with working title Bones of Earth will premiere at the UNCG Dance Theater October 3-5, 2013.